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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-08-2018 12:37 PM

I’ll echo pretty much what’s been said above…you are worrying about something that won’t happen. The dust will be so thick you can’t do anything before it would ignite. That said, my first first shop was heated by a wood stove, then a gas furnace. The next 2 (which includes the current one) also had/have a gas furnace, a ceiling hung Modine type. The first 2 shops had “direct vent” furnaces (meaning they draw outside air for combustion). This was less about explosion concerns than it was for the fact that I didn’t want the dust to get into the working parts of the furnaces and coat them. But the current shop I didn’t do direct vent. It draws room air for combustion, and i may wind up regretting it….in which case i might retro ft it to direct vent. But you can use whatever heat source works for you, and while you certainly want to avoid explosive vapors (NC lacquer and such) you don’t need to worry about the dust.

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